Signs and symptoms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry
evaluation of professors of the dental clinic of Universidade Vale do Rio Verde (UninCor)
Keywords:Musculoskeletal Diseases, Dentistry, University Professor
The practice of dentistry subjects professionals to risk factors that may lead to the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) if the appropriate prevention measures are not applied. Objective: to evaluate the incidence of WRMDs in professors of the dental clinic of the School of Dentistry of Universidade Vale do Rio Verde – Unincor of the Três Corações campus. Materials and method: 35 professors from the Dentistry Clinic of UninCor answered a questionnaire about WRMDs related to the teaching profession of dentists. Results: the mean workload found among participants was 9.87 hours per day and 48.4 hours per week. Only 2 participants were not aware of WRMDs. Most participants had one or more symptoms related to WRMDs, with 18 presenting them at the end of the day and 2 at the beginning of the day. Only four professionals perform exercises for prevention, although 17 are aware of the existence of such exercises. The most frequent symptom found in the sample was muscle tension or pain. Conclusion: the high presence of WRMDs symptoms in dental surgeons is related to lifestyle and lack of prevention in the daily life of these professionals.
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